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Your Best Resources for Undergraduate Advising

Staff Advisors

The departmental staff advisors are the best resources for detailed advising, questions about curriculum requirements, referrals and annual mandatory advising. During Fall Quarter, staff advisors can be only be seen on an appointment basis. To schedule an appointment, please use the advising appointment system or email

Maria ArellanoMaria Arellano
Student Services Advisor
3001B Ghausi Hall

Maria was born in Mexico and her family immigrated when she was very young. She grew up in the tiny town of Tulelake in Northern California. Maria is a first-generation college student and proud alumna of UC Davis. She graduated with a double major in International Relations with an emphasis on peace and security and Spanish. Maria is passionate about assisting students in their pursuit, transition, and journey through UC Davis and to provide them with the tools and resources to start and continue their education and careers. Fun fact: Maria traveled to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2011.

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Ryan GorsiskiRyan Gorsiski
Undergraduate Programs Coordinator 
3045 Ghausi Hall

Ryan was born in Petaluma, California and raised in towns around the Bay Area. He is a proud alumni of Sacramento State after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College. He graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and then with an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. He previously worked as a Computer Science, Construction Management, and Engineering advisor at Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Ryan is passionate to continue his work with Engineering students by providing them with the tools and resources for self-discovery and pursue of their degree. Fun Fact: Ryan owns a one-eyed cat named Odin.